The New Testament of the Christians’ Bible is said to have abrogated the laws of the Old Testament excluding the laws of tithing and the Ten Commandments. However, a careful study of the Bible raises some questions as regards the universality of the mission of Jesus, the possibilty of an aboragation within the pages of the News Testament that, if not so, may give us some contradictions to deal with.
Said to be the most widely accepted religion in the world with over 2 Billion followers, certain pages of the New Testament leaves us with questions regarding the validity of the faith of the non-Jewsih Christians. We read from the book of Matthew 10:5-6,
‘‘5 these twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying,
GO NOT INTO THE WAY OF THE GENTILES, AND INTO ANY CITY
OF THE SAMARITANS ENTER YE NOT
6 But GO RATHER TO THE LOST SHEEP OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL’’.
Here, we see Jesus asking his disciples not to preach to the gentiles nor go into any city of the Samaritans but to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. For the sake of clarity, we need to understand who are the Gentiles and the Samaritans.
Gentile is a term that simple means a person who is not Jewish. On the other hand, the Samaritans are the inhabitants of Samaria. They are half-Jews and half-Gentiles. Jesus did not forbid his disciples from peaching to the Gentiles alone but even the Gentiles who are not entirely Jewish. We may then ask, “WHY ISRAEL?” Did Jesus consider the gentiles unworthy of salvation? Was he a racist? Or was he just sent to the people of Israel?
Likewise, In the book of Matthew chapter 15 verse 22, we read,
“And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil”
The reader should bear in mind that we are trying to figure out if Jesus was sent to a particular group of people or to the whole of humanity using his words as a case study. In verse 23 of the same chapter, we read,
“But he answered her not a word…”
It may interest the reader to know why Jesus didn’t answer her; she meets a similar but harsher reaction from Jesus’ disciples. The continuation of verse 23 reads,
“…And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.”
There are three things to note here.
i) The woman was a Canaanite not an Israelite.
ii) Jesus didn’t answer her a word
iii) The disciples of Jesus asked him to send her away. In verse 24 of the same chapter, Jesus said,
“… I AM NOT SENT ONLY TO THE LOST SHEEP OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL”
The Qur’an argues that different Messengers have been sent to different nations except Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) who was sent to the whole of Mankind.
And We certainly sent into every nation a messenger, [saying], “Worship Allah and avoid Taghut.” And among them were those whom Allah guided, and among them were those upon whom error was [deservedly] decreed. So proceed through the earth and observe how was the end of the deniers. – Qur’an 16:36
In Mark 16:15, the Bible says Jesus said,
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20
Except Christian Apologists and Evangelists agree that Matthew 28:19-20 abrogates Matthew 10:5-6 and Matthew 15:24, then, we would have contradictions.
This has been a serious embarrasment to Christian apologists as they would not agree that there is abrogation within the pages of the News Testament, thus, fruitlessly harmonizing them with the claim that one needs to be situated in the spirit.
From the book, “Truth for the Truth Seekers” By Bashir Lucas Samson Lukman. (Available on Amazon, Kindle and Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/TRUTH-
SEEKERS-total-demystification- Christianity-ebook/dp/ B08L4732GJ)